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Food & Dining in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is one of the great centres for international cooking. Apart from several Chinese cuisines, there are also many Indian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Singaporean/Malaysian and Thai restaurants. It is the home of authentic Chinese food from all the regions of China, which may be sampled on a sampan in Causeway Bay, on a floating restaurant at Aberdeen, in a Kowloon restaurant, in a street market or at a deluxe hotel. Hotels serve European and Chinese food but there are also restaurants serving every type of local cuisine.

At small, local restaurants specialising in Cantonese food, don't expect an English menu or knives and forks. The best advice is to follow the crowds. Choose a restaurant that's full, and don't be shy about pointing to an interesting dish at your neighbour's table. This is often the best way to order, since even when there is an English menu, local specialities may not be on it.

The pointing method of ordering will come in handy when you visit the plethora of small, brightly lit dives, many open into the wee hours, that specialise either in noodle soups or roast meats. At noodle-centric restaurants, fish-ball soup with noodles is an excellent choice, and the goose, suckling pig, honeyed pork, and soy-sauce chicken are good bets at the roast-meat shops. A combination plate, with a sampling of meats and some greens on a bed of white rice, is a foolproof way to go.

Remember that many fine-dining restaurants are located in five-star hotels and shopping malls. Several of these restaurants, such as Dynasty and Caprice, offer seasonal menus or special chef's selections along with their standard à la carte options, and these are often the best bets.

Places to Dine

In Kowloon, restaurants are concentrated in hotels, in shopping malls, and along Nathan Road and its side streets, such as Knutsford Terrace with its many alfresco eateries. Central District caters to area office workers with a wide range of restaurants in IFC Mall and Pacific Place and to night revellers in the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district and SoHo (South of Hollywood Road), with many more restaurants sprinkled in between. Wan Chai, home to both a convention centre and the city's liveliest nightlife, offers a wide range of restaurants catering to diverse crowds, while the nearby Causeway Bay's dining scene centres in and around Times Square Shopping Centre. The most striking views are from restaurants atop Victoria Peak, while Stanley, with its market and laid-back beach-front restaurants, seems like a different part of the world altogether.

Lan Kwai Fong

LKF, or the Fong, is an expensive but popular place to titillate the taste buds, this is where trendy restaurants and chic bars unite in a bustling bonanza under a common theme: indulgence.

From Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, German, American to even a dressed-up version of British cuisine, from the outrageously expensive to the moderately inexpensive, populated by glamorous starlets and grungy students, Lan Kwai Fong has it all.

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